• What the Duke Desires

  • The Duke's Men, Book 1
  • By: Sabrina Jeffries
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (539 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter, who was presumed dead after being kidnapped. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke's brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan's sister.

Soon he and Lisette are traveling to Paris posing as husband and wife, in search of Tristan, who has disappeared. And the longer he spends with Lisette, the easier it is for Max to see that the line between dukedom and desire is easier to cross than he imagined....

©2013 Deborah Gonzales (P)2013 Tantor

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Romance, Mystery, and a Duke.

This is a fast paced romance with mystery that held my interest throughout. The story was believable and the two main characters (Maximilian and Lizette) had some great chemistry. I enjoyed the bantering between them.....it made the story endearing. The other characters added some depth to the story which should make any other books in the series even more entertaining.

The narrator was great. She had a way of changing her voice for every character. Her French accent was realistic too.

I am looking forward to more books in this series.

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Pleasantly Suprised

I'm not sure why. .but I went into this book expecting it not to be that good. I was wrong! This book had a good plot, with a mystery, and nicely blossoming romance.

I liked both Lisette and Max and thought they were a good match. There was good dialogue between them. I did think Max was overly "Dukel" (if that's the correct spelling) but that may have been the narrator's influence also.

The narration was also good. I felt it was well preformed and not just "read". I am not a big fan of French voices done by most narrators, but in this case they were pretty good.

I would rate it R...but not the most descriptive love scenes I've ever listened to....but not too tame either.

I am really looking forward to the whole series. I think it is worth a credit and definitely worth it if you ever catch it on sale (which may be why I had it in my library in the first place)

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A must for HR fans!

"Forgive me, madam, it appears that you and I got off on the wrong foot."

"You got off on the wrong foot. I merely watched you shove it into your mouth."

-conversation between Max and Lisette


After having seen first-hand the broken promises her papa made to her mama, Lisette is in no hurry to find a husband, believing there is no good reason for one. Maximilian, the Duke of Lyons, is an austere man who keeps many at arms length. Forced to work together to uncover the truth regarding Max's brother, Lisette and Max find themselves undeniably drawn to one another. Sparks fly, tension fills the pages, these two burn red hot.

I love books where the chemistry of the main characters are off the charts and the supporting casts liven the pages further with their unique personalities. Add in a great tale of loyalty and family and this book has become a definite favorite of mine.

I truly enjoyed the banter between the two main characters. I loved how Lisette was such a strong-willed female with brains, wit, and charm. She is fierce in her loyalty and protectiveness of her two brothers even when confronted by a Duke and his demands. Max, although used to getting what he wants, is not a spoiled individual. He stands by his morals and does not like to be lied to or deceived. He is strong in command with a sharp mind and lots of responsibilities yet he is conscientious of those he is responsible for. The two of them make a fantastic pair and the progression through their love story was so much fun to read. I adored both of them throughout the entire book, each character having strengths and weaknesses that complemented each other. A true HR fan will not be disappointed with this read.

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Narrator: Corrie James
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James was splendid in her narration. Reading smoothly with distinction in each character and between male and female. She also did a fine job with the British and French accents and her tone and pace was perfect at 1.25X normal speed.

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A delightful romance

I had not read anything by this author before, but I am glad I ran across this book. I shall look for others now. Enjoyable from beginning to end. A bit of mystery, great sexual tension throughout, and the way I like my romance stories to end: HEA. This was no cookie cutter story. Very imaginative plot.

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Humility, kindness AND a Duke? Who can resist?

Max, the handsome Duke of Lyons, gets a note from Tristan Bonnaud, someone he had met as a teen, telling him his long thought of as dead older brother may still be alive. After the note is delivered Tristan disappears. Hoping the news is true and longing to have his brother back in his life again, even if it means losing the dukedom to him, he sets off in search of Tristan, the only man who can help him locate his brother. His quest brings him to Lisette Bonnaud’s residence. In order to get her aid, he reluctantly agrees to have her accompany him to France in search of her brother. He also agrees to disguise as someone without a rank and they pretend to be siblings so that they can travel together without drawing any attention to themselves. At the start of their journey they run into Lisette’s neighbor and the Duke claims to be her husband in order to save her from ruination. Doing this forces them to continue their travel as husband and wife, which means sharing rooms at night. Romance begins to sizzle between them and seduction takes on a delicious flavor as they spend more time in one another’s company. An unexpectedly good book. I was pleasantly surprised.

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DELICIOUS - A REGENCY QUEST WITH DANGER & LOVE

For those fellow listeners out there who know SJ's work then you know what you're going to get from her historical romances - but if you haven't heard of her before then this book is just why she's an auto download and a non-stop listen for me.

This is the story of Max and Lisette, two very likeable characters who have instant chemistry and a nice slow building romance ensues as they embark on an adventure to solve mysteries and finally get some hard won but maybe unwanted answers and along the way they encounter some fascinating characters that are villainous, charming, intriguing or just plain nice. As the truth and lies begin to unfold so too does the blossoming romance and by the end of their quest they've laughed, cried, lost much but they have also found love.

Worth a credit? Yes, and I'm looking forward to spending more on the next in the series.

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rollicking adventure and steamy romance

I love a book with imperfect characters that have a need to grow and develop. Jeffries gives us a full cast of characters who are likeable, vile, or sometimes witty. James narrates with different voices so clearly that she brings the author's vision to life. the story has characters coping with changes in the middle of their lives, not like a blank slate waiting to interact. I'm looking forward to the next book in her series.

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Captivating

A complete story without cliffhangers, yet it leaves the door open for the rest of the series.
A plot full of twists, realistic characters, great narration. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Sabrina Jeffries is becoming one of my favorites!

I really enjoyed this novel. As an author, Sabrina Jeffries has a really high taste level. This book, like the few others of her's that I've read, is a tastefully done romance. She has a great way of communicating the attraction between her characters, and including steamy scenes without relying too heavily on sex. Max and Lisette are well-developed characters. And the other characters in the book make you want to continue listening to this series. Corrie James was also a good narrator. She helps the characters come to life.

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A good story with great narration

This had a nice twist with travel, adventures, mystery, romance and heat. More R rated than PG13